Troparia and kontakia for September 3

Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia and those with him

Troparion — Tone 1

You protected your flock with your blood, / not fearing your adversaries. / Now you rejoice in heaven standing before the throne. / Glory to Christ who has strengthened you; / glory to your courage; / glory to your endurance, O holy Hieromartyr Anthimus!

Troparion — Tone 4

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, / you became a successor to their throne. / Through the practice of virtue, / you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; / by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, / even to the shedding of your blood. / Hieromartyr Anthimus, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Illustrious priest and steadfast martyr, / Anthimus, worthy of praise: / You assailed the worship of idols, / and championed your flock which fervently cries to you: / By your prayers deliver us from dangers!

Kontakion — Tone 4

Living honorably as a priest, / you completed the course of martyrdom; / you extinguished the worship of idols / and became a champion of your flock, divinely-wise one. / Therefore, we honor you, / mystically crying out: / “Through your prayers deliver us from calamity, ever-memorable Anthimus.”

Venerable Theoctistus

Troparion — Tone 4

Dedicated as God’s priest from your youth, / you spurned all worldly aims. / O Righteous Theoctistus you were radiant in your solitude / and strict in the training of monks. / Guide those who come to you and lead them in the way of salvation.

Kontakion — Tone 4

You kept your soul pure and presented it to God as his creation. / Enlightened by him, Theoctistus, you rose to the peak of endeavor. / By your works you confirmed the grace that was given to you.

Saint Phoebe the Deaconess at Cenchreae near Corinth

Troparion — Tone 3

Enlightened by grace / and taught the Faith by the chosen vessel of Christ, / you were found worthy of the diaconate; / and you carried Paul’s words to Rome. / O Deaconess Phoebe, pray to Christ God that his Spirit may enlighten our souls!